New lyrics for a new day.
A minimally threatening way to introduce new lyrics into worship can be to use familiar tunes.
These song writers tend to be committed to inclusive language and progressive theology. Some of the hymns are theme-based, while others are written to accompany Bible readings arising from the Revised Common Lectionary.
Enjoy singing a new song!
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George Stuart has written singable hymns with grounded, authentic and original lyrics set to traditional and familiar tunes. His “Singing a New Song” series includes 4 general volumes of new lyrics and 3 volumes (1 for each year) of new lyrics based on the Gospel readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. Indexes help one easily find tunes, titles, first lines and gospel passages used in 280 of the lyrics (George’s favourites). If you have the time to browse through the electronic versions of the books themselves, there are many more lyrics not listed in the indexes.
A favourite verse of mine is found in the hymn “The Second Coming of Christ” (no. 49 in volume 1):
We know our God is present here
When trust and hope replace our fear.
Christ’s ‘second coming’ – it occurs
Whenever love within us stirs.
The full musical scores are included beside the lyrics except when there are copyright law restrictions.
Thanks to George’s generosity, all of the lyrics published on his website are free of any copyright restrictions and limitations and thus are all available for your use.
Carolynshymns.com is a website loaded with thoughtful and meaningful hymns. Each song is easily accessible by a Topical Index, Revised Common Lectionary indexes, and Scripture Index. Carolyn “writes hymns about how faith speaks to events in the world (disasters, social concerns, everyday living, etc.) as well as new hymns based on scripture, including lectionary lessons.”
I have included her moving hymn “How Can We Sing a Joyful Song?” in Blue Christmas and Longest Night services.
Tune: “Lift up your heads, O Mighty Gates”
How can we sing a joyful song?
O God, our sorrows hem us in.
When pain and grief seem all too strong,
How can we sing a joyful hymn? (verse 1 of 4)
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is Co-Pastor of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. To request free updates about Carolyn’s hymns, send an email message to [email protected] with “hymn news” in the subject line.
Alphabetical listing of music resources using inclusive language and ready to use in worship: